Feb 6, 2013 2:00am PST
the senate confirmation hearing to be the next director of the cia. mr. brennan was his top counter-terrorism official while the drone program oversees through. the u.s. government got permission from the justtis department to kill american citizens abroad if they are suspected of having ties to terrorists. they don't necessary i amly have to know about an imminent plot. >> here you have a senior unaccountable doj official who makes determination recent activities lead him to conclude he's an eminent threat you can send a drone to kill him. not torture him but kill him. i am troubled any time government is as nontransparent as this. >>> the white house defended their drone protocol and explained how the drone program keeps people on the american home land safe. >>> we have acknowledged we sometimes use remotely piloted air strikes against specific terrorists in order to protect the united states. we conduct those because they are necessary to mitt late ongoing plots it saves american lives. these strikes are legal, ethical and they are wise. >>> there has only been one drone strike
Feb 7, 2013 3:00am PST
: it is mr. brennan's appearance before this committee today for his confirmation that lawmakers feel if we're ever going to get answers regarding the program, it's now. that's why it is extraordinary and probably a little coincidental that they would go ahead and relent and release it to the lawmakers today. >>brian: here's what's good about it. we're going to get real questions from both sides rather than what a great guy you are, what a horrible person you are, and speech making. wur going to get both sides probing john brennan in a respectful way, i believe, to legitimize some of the tactics when he was working counterterror for the center. charles krauthammer looks at constitutional hurdles and why in some ways this could be challenging. >> they want to pretend you can only hit an american al qaeda operative who is an imminent threat and define him in a threat out of existence by saying al qaeda is continually hatching plots, so he's always, all day and all night, an imminent threat, i.e., that criteria is meaningless. i think we really have to have an effort in the congress, in
Feb 6, 2013 3:00am PST
government is as nontransparent as this. >> tomorrow mr. john brennan is set to come to capitol hill for a senate confirmation hearing to potentially become the next director of the c.i.a. he was president obama's number one counterterrorism advisor oz the drone program grew and he'll likely get lot of questions about this secret memo. so yesterday the white house explained how drone strikes against american citizens can help protect the homeland. >> we have acknowledged, the united states, that sometimes we use remotley piloted aircraft to conduct targeted strikes against specific al-qaeda terrorists in order to prevent attacks on the united states and to save american lives. we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and save american lives. the strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> the only time president obama has ordered a strike against an american citizen that we know about was back in 2011 when anwar al-awlaki and kahn were killed in yemen. >> brian: his son was killed, too.
Feb 9, 2013 3:00am PST
baker, thanks a lot for joining us. >> thank you. >> it seems mr. brennan has had a couple positions on a number of issues, including waterboarding. is he a political man from your knowledge of him? >> well, i mean he's very good at the political game in washington. you don't get to the positions that he's arrived at without being savvy in washington, d.c. that's just the way it works. he's a smart individual, he's a very hard working individual. he's got a lot of very good experience. but there is this concern -- and it was clear during the course of the hearing, which was one of the more interesting and stranger confirmation hearings we've had in recent past. he came across i thought as a little bit to do perhaps deferential and apologetic when the senators were coming after him for a variety of reasons. none of which had to do with confirmation as a c.i.a. director. they seemed self-righteous and self serving as a group of senators on the intel committee. >> it's hard to know where he stands because of his political savviness. in 2007, he said he supported the enhanced interrogati